Ocean Avenue Congregational Church - Brooklyn, NY
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Ocean Avenue Congregational Church

1423 Ocean Avenue and Avenue L
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210


Organ Specifications:
II/12 M.P. Möller, Op. 6263 (1934)
II/10 M.P. Möller, Op. 1615 (1913)


The Ocean Avenue Congregational Church began as a Sunday School established in April 1903, and was organized in the late fall of 1903. The Rev. Dr. Claude F. Severance was called as the first pastor.

In 1961, the congregation merged with the Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in 1961, after which the Ocean Avenue church was razed.
               
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 6263 (1934)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 31 registers, 20 stops, 12 ranks


A contract dated March 2, 1934, indicates that the M.P. Möller company agreed to refurbish the church's existing organ, M.P. Möller, Op. 1615 (1913). Möller provided a new, detatched two-manual stop-key console, and added two new stops: a Tromba on the Great; and a Diapason on the Swell. New tongues were added to the Oboe, and the stop was revoiced. New pipes and chests were added for the upper octaves of most stops, and any old pipes damaged beyond repair were replaced. The organ was thoroughly cleaned and tonally regulated, and a new generator was installed.

This organ was intact and operating until the church closed in 1961. Only the pipes were salvaged prior to demolition of the building.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed with Swell
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Diapason
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
8
  Doppel Flute
73
8
  Oboe
SW
8
  Gemshorn
73
8
  Tromba *
61
8
  Dulciana
73
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Diapason *
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
49
8
  Doppel Flute
GT
8
  Gemshorn
GT
8
  Dulciana
GT
4
  Flute Harmonic
GT
8
  Salicional
GT
8
  Oboe
73
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
44
8
  Flute [from Bourdon]
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
GT
       
           
* ranks added by Möller (1934)
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal   Great 16', 4'
    Swell to Pedal   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Swell Unison Separation
         
Mechanicals
    Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Great and Pedal Stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Swell and Pedal Stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Full Organ
    General Cancel          
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible   Organ bench with music shelf
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Concave Pedal
    Grand Crescendo Pedal   (Gen. to be supplied and attached to present blower unit)
    Sforzando Pedal  
               
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 1615 (1913)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 21 registers, 18 stops, 10 ranks


A handwritten contract, dated June 11, 1913, states that the M.P. Möller Company agreed to build a two-manual organ "complete & ready for use on or before the 18th day of October 1913 or as soon after as possible." A note in the margin shows "11/15/13 Organ shipped". The organ had a casing of quartered oak, tubular-pneumatic action, and cost $2,500.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed with Swell
16
  Lieblich Gedackt
61
8
  Dulciana
61
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Salicional
61
8
  Doppel Flute
61
4
  Flute Harmonique
61
8
  Gemshorn
61
8
  Oboe
61
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Doppel Flöte
GT
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
49
8
  Gemshorn
GT
4
  Flute Harmonique
GT
8
  Dulciana
GT
8
  Oboe
GT
8
  Salicional
GT
       
               
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Bourdon
42
8
  Flute [from Bourdon]
16
  Lieblich Gedackt
GT
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal   Great 4'
    Swell to Pedal   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 4'   Swell Unison Separation
         
Mechanicals
    Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator
    Wind Indicator    
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Swell and Pedal Stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Great and Pedal Stops
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal   Electric Blower
               
Sources:
     Flatbush of To-Day (Vol. II, No. 1, April 1908).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 1615 (1913).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 6263 (1934).
     "Two Churches Merge," The New York Times, February 12, 1961.

Illustration:
     Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection. Exterior (1945).